Mekong Delta bridges need to be repaired: experts hinh anh 1Can Tho Bridge. (Photo:

Can Tho (VNA) – Weak bridges in the Mekong Delta region need to be upgraded, said Vice Rector of the Ho Chi Minh City University of Transport Nguyen Van Hung at a seminar on November 24.

At the seminar on applying advanced technology in bridge repairs, scientists, experts, managers and businesses discussed technological solutions to be used to repair bridges in Mekong Delta localities.

Tran Huu Hiep from the Steering Committee for the Southwestern Region said in recent years, huge investment has been poured into the region’s transport system. Many projects have been implemented to create a smooth transport system and reduce transport costs, thus boosting the socio-economic development and improving local lives.

However, some shortcomings still remain in the region’s infrastructure, as weak bridges in provincial routes are threatening traffic safety. Meanwhile, the transport system linking manufacturing areas with industrial zones has yet to be upgraded.

Meanwhile, investment for infrastructure in the region is limited, he noted.

Hung said that his university has found many advanced technologies to improve bridge quality. It has also engaged in designing, repairing and upgrading hundreds of bridges across the nation, including 20 in the Mekong Delta.

According to the Steering Committee, Mekong Delta localities have applied new technology in bridge building and management to achieve remarkable outcomes.

Many participants emphasised the need to optimise bridge management and maintenance, saying the urgent task is to build a nationwide bridge management information system.-VNA